Death and the Disinterested Spectator: An Inquiry into the Nature of Philosophy

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  • ISBN-13: 9780887062858
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1986
  • Pages: 263

Table of Contents



Chapter I: Socrates: Penelope and the Bee

The Phaedo as Apology; Comedy, Tragedy, Philosophy; Actor or Spectator; Hubris and Irony; Truth and Deception: A.Socrates, B. Phaedo, C. Plato; Transition: From Philosophical Courage to Christian Hope

Chapter II: Augustine: The Look of Pity

Confession and Apology; Laughter, Tears, Trembling and Wonder; Actor or Spectator; Pride and Humility; Truth and Self-Deception; Transition: From Christian Hope to Modern Certitude

Chapter III: Descartes: Occupation and Pre-occupation

The Discourse as Apology; Laughter, Tears, Trembling, and Wonder; Actor or Spectator; Pride and Humility; Truth and Certitude; Transition and Return

Chapter IV: Conclusion: Death and the Disinterested Spectator

Compassion and Distance; Wonder and Death; The Strange and the Familiar; The Fable of Certitude; Philosophy and the Divine:From Disinterested Spectator to Compassionate Actor; Cartesian Presumption,Socratic Victory; Idle Talk and Endless Toil; Weaving the Shroud


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